MotoGP: Lorenzo quickest in opening Indianapolis practice

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Jorge Lorenzo sent out an early warning shot to his rivals on Friday by topping the first practice session for this weekend’s MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

MotoGP arrived in Indianapolis earlier this week for the second American race of the season, following the earlier round at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas back in April.

Using a layout that incorporates part of the famous banking and the main straight of the Brickyard, the race has quickly established itself as one of the most unique events on the MotoGP calendar.

Yamaha teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi arrived in Indianapolis separated by just 13 points at the top of the riders’ championship, but it was Lorenzo who enjoyed the early upper hand on Friday in practice.

The Spanish rider recorded a fastest lap time of 1:33.654 to edge out compatriot and 2014 race winner Marc Marquez by just 0.093 seconds at the top of the timesheets.

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso finished the session in third place, two-tenths of a second down on Lorenzo, while Honda’s Dani Pedrosa completed the top four. Rossi could only finish the session in fifth place, over seven-tenths of a second behind his teammate in P1.

Ahead of the weekend, American rider Nicky Hayden took part in a special drag race against IndyCar driver Marco Andretti. You can see who won in our piece here.

Also be sure to check out some of the stand-out storylines ahead of this weekend’s race at the Brickyard.

To see the full results from FP1 at IMS, click here.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”